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Youth Wages

Volume 80: debated on Tuesday 11 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how the levels of youth wages have changed compared with adult wages since 1979.

The relationship between the average weekly earnings of young people and adult employees in 1979 and 1984 is shown in the following table.

Average gross weekly earnings of full-time employees working a full week
Males aged under 18 as a percentage of adult malesFemales aged under 18 as a percentage of adult females
April 197939·758·1
April 198443·950·3
Aged 21 and over.
Aged 18 and over.

Source: New Earnings Survey.